This week, 4th grade students at Van Allen were introduced to a very important math skill: MULTIPLICATION! Understanding the meaning of multiplication and strategies for figuring multiplication is incredibly important to 4th grade students. In 4th grade we learn to multiply very large numbers, as well as very small numbers (fractions!) We also learn about using multiplication in our everyday life!
To enforce this skill, we teach the students 4 methods for figuring their basic facts: create an array, skip counting, creating equal groups, and repeated addition! Today, students were given the opportunity to practice these strategies with hands on manipulatives. (and a fun snack, CHEERIOS!)